Some facts about the Canary Islands
How many Canary Islands can you name? Three, four, five? There are in fact seven main islands, as well as a series of smaller islands and islets. In fact, the Canary Islands are categorised as an archipelago; a collection or cluster of islands. Tenerife is the largest, and perhaps the most well-known, followed by Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Though they may be part of the same group of islands, their landscapes are very different, as the weather can vary greatly from island to island. The lesser known islands in the West - El Hierro, La Palma and La Gomera - catch the often wet Gulf Stream and as a consequence are usually mild and green (probably why they’re not particularly popular as holiday destinations). As you move east towards Africa though, the islands no longer catch the Gulf Stream and are more like semi-hot deserts.
All this means that a trip to the Canary Islands can be one of magical contrasts. Of course, there are the famous beaches and hours of sunshine, but there are also volcanos, dramatic mountains, quaint villages and stunning cave systems. Plenty to enjoy.
Whatever your reason for heading to the Canary Islands, good travel insurance is a must.